John Rabe

Production & Promotions Director

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John Rabe is KPCC's Production & Promotions Director, a post he assumed in July of 2017 after 35 years behind the mike. His job is to shape the sound of the station.

From 2006 to 2017, John was producer and host of Off-Ramp, twice named the nation's "best local public affairs show." Before that, Rabe was the station's housing & healthcare reporter and local host for "All Things Considered."

Rabe began his career as a commercial DJ in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but he found his niche as reporter and anchor at Michigan State University's public radio station, where he half-heartedly earned his BA in English. Rabe has also worked in public radio in South Florida, Philadelphia, and Minnesota.

Rabe lives with Julian Bermudez, his art curator husband, and their Irish terriers in the foothills of Mt Washington.

Stories by John Rabe

New bill from Assemblyman Gatto aims at expense and delay of probate

If you have elderly parents who own a home, there's one word that strikes fear in your heart: probate.

KPCC photog's priceless reaction to UCLA goaltending call - in slo-mo!

Maya Sugarman didn't even pick her alma mater, UCLA, to win. When they beat SMU, her colleague was there to catch the reaction.

LAST CHANCE: MOCA's huge American flag exhibit will blow you away

William Pope.L's "Trinket" — at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary — is just a flag in the wind, but it's also so much more.

Bakersfield Confidential: How antiques saved one Woolworth's

In a richer city, maybe the historic, pristine Woolworth's would have been torn down or irretrievably modernized. Not in Bakersfield.

EVENT: Gary Leonard to take us deep into LA's punk music scene

Photographer Gary Leonard gives a free talk at the LA Public Library Saturday about the punk era, "punktuated" with archival and brand new photos of the musicians and the scene.

Meet LA's Destiny Rodriguez, 14-year old star of latest BrainsOn! science podcast

Fourteen-year-old Destiny Rodriguez, an 8th grader from South Gate, plans to be a mechanical engineer, someone who will "innovate the future."

KPCC expert's advice to new LA Marathon runners: Fight 'Taper Madness'

13,000 first time marathoners might be suffering from a syndrome called Taper Madness. Our expert says, "You'll do fine. Stick with the program."

Writer, director Nicholas Meyer remembers Leonard Nimoy

Nicholas Meyer directed Nimoy in two Star Trek films, including "Wrath of Khan." Like Raoul Wallenberg, "[h]e is not dead, as long as we remember him."

New open-source website makes — and might save — history

Historic Places LA is a brand new website that lets anyone - city planners, developers, citizens, tourists -- find LA's historically significant places and information about them.

'Famous for being famous' Angelyne gives us a ride in her pink Corvette

An only-in-L.A. moment: Angelyne, the billboard queen, gives Off-Ramp host John Rabe a ride in her famous pink Corvette.

OSCARS: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' producer Bonnie Arnold

John Rabe talks with Bonnie Arnold, producer of "How to Train Your Dragon 2," which is up for a Best Animated Feature Oscar.

Memoirs of photojournalist abducted in Libya

Lynsey Addario's new memoir details her captivity in Libya as well as her childhood memories of her father coming out as gay. She had both fact-checked.

The Broad Museum's sneak peek brings in 3,500

On a hot Sunday, 3,547 Angelenos lined up to get inside an art museum that didn't have any art in it.

Remembering Gary Owens, the voice

From the Off-Ramp archive, John Rabe's wide-ranging 2008 interview with Gary Owens, who died Thursday at the age of 80.

Tourists: This is not the Harrison Ford star you're looking for

At Musso & Frank, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood. you'll find a star for an actor named Harrison Ford, but it doesn't belong to modern "Indiana Jones" actor.